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The Radio Network (TRN) is a division of the Australian Radio Network (ARN), a 50/50 joint venture of APN News & Media and Clear Channel Communications. APN owns many New Zealand newspapers and other publications.

Radio networks operated by The Radio Network include:

Local stations operated by The Radio Network:

  • Hokonui Gold Gore (Privately owned but currently leased to The Radio Network).

Previous stations operated by The Radio Network:

  • Community Radio Network - Local stations taken over by either Newstalk ZB or Classic Hits FM.
  • Cool Blue 96.1FM Auckland - Stopped operation by TRN in 2004 and frequency taken over by Flava. Still available online but no longer operated by The Radio Network.
  • Classic Rock 96FM Hawkes Bay - Replaced with Radio Hauraki and later ZM.
  • Easy Listening i - Rebranded as Viva FM in 2005, and subsequently as Easy Mix in August 2007.
  • Jammin' Oldies 1530 Hawkes Bay - Local station taken over by TRN and later rebranded as the very first Coast station.
  • The Breeze on 91 Auckland and The Breeze on 89.8 Hamiton (Both stations closed down and frequency used to launch ZM in these regions) The Breeze station in Wellington remained on air as this station was under different ownership.
  • The Planet 97FM Nelson - Played similar format to ZM and was shut down and replaced with ZM in 2004.


The network was created in 1996 when the commercial radio activities of Radio New Zealand were divested by the New Zealand government. That same year The Radio Network purchased the assets of Prospect Media Limited, Prospect Media included 11 radios these stations include Radio Hauraki in Auckland, Easy Listening i in Auckland and Hamilton and several other stations. Most of these stations were later closed down or replaced with The Radio Network brands.

The network was bought by a syndicate that included Clear Channel Communications of the United States and Wilson & Horton, a publishing company that owned The New Zealand Herald and other publications.

Wilson & Horton was soon purchased by Independent News & Media of Ireland. Independent sold its NZ interests to APN, which it owned a majority of. ARN, as a radio focused venture of APN and Clear Channel, subsequently took over the network.

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